UAAP Season 80 Menís Football: Ateneo survives Adamson, 2-0, for back-to-back wins

UAAP 80 Menís Football: Ateneo survives Adamson, 2-0
Back to back wins for the Blue Eagles

Defending champions Ateneo de Manila University survived a gritty Adamson University squad, 2-0, to  score back-to-back wins in UAAP Season 80 Men’s Football action, Thursday afternoon at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium.

Coming off a 7-0 drubbing against Far Eastern University seven days ago, the Soaring Falcons came in with more defensive intensity as they kept the pressure on the defending champions, forcing a lot of tough shots from the Blue Eagles.

Adamson keeper Carl Viray was also on point as he managed to save a handful of attempts against and offensively dangerous Ateneo side to keep the scoreline at an even 0-0 at the break.

Ateneo’s off shooting and Adamson’s defensive pressure continued in the second half, but the Blue Eagles still found a way to score, courtesy of a 61st minute free kick from skipper Julian Roxas that bounced off Viray and into the back of the net.

Neither side let up as Ateneo tried to secure the second conversion, while Adamson desperately searched for an equalizer.

A minute into injury time however, a free kick once again did Adamson in, as Jarvey Gayoso’s kick slipped from Viray’s hands and straight into an in-place Ryan Haosen, who easily converted to make it a 2-0 final score. 

While it was a three-point result for Ateneo against Adamson’s best game so far this season, head coach Jaypee Merida wasn’t too happy with his boys’ performance.

“Nakakafrustrate siya, kasi hindi ko alam kung anong nangyari sa players ko. Kung titignan mo talaga, andun naman yung preparation, maganda naman yung preparation after the UE game. Hindi ko alam kung bakit naging ganito yung performance namin.” Merida said. “Nakaka-frustrate, kahit nakuha namin yung three points, nakaka-frustrate yung performance nung players.”

Could it have been a bit of overconfidence from the players? Merida suggests that it could be what happened, given that they were coming off a 5-0 win over University of the East, and they were taking on an Adamson squad that has yet to come away with any points this season.

“For me, parang ganun na nga yung nagyari. Sinabi ko sa loob ng dugout, hindi tayo pwede mag-relax, hindi tayo pwede maging overconfident kahit yung kalaban natin nasa bottom, kasi maglalaro at maglalaro ng maayos yan.”

“We’re lucky lang talaga dun sa set pieces na nagyari, kaya nakuha namin yung three points,” Merida added.

Ateneo improves to four wins and two losses for 12 points this season, while Adamson remains scoreless with six losses in six matches.

 

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